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September 19, 1974
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Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020072-4 ioitpytcrvlv~. .. 19 SEP 197,4--- They All Came To Chile's Party, but Nobody Was Talking - By Ymelda Dixon Special to the Star-News Anyone wishing to probe the CIA's role in Chile should have stayed away from last night's reception at the Chi- lean embassy where Chile's 164th anni- versary was being observed by Ambas- sador and Mrs. Walter Heitmann. ' - Talk about secrecy. From the ambassador on down, no one would admit to any knowledge of covert U.S. political intervention in their country. Heitmann, who would not even ac- knowledge President Ford's assertions that the deposed government of Salva- dor Allende sought three or four years ago to destroy opposition parties, news- papers and electronic media, finally said. "If there is a problem, it is your problem, not ours." That was the general staff line. AT THE RECEPTION where succu- lent empanadas were passed and spirited guitarists held forth on the staircase landing, American foreign service officers also were leery of politi- cal discussion. John Karkashean, the desk director for Chile and Bolivia in- toned, "I stand by the President's state- ment." Efforts to speak with Rafael Otero, the Chilean right wing Radical Party journalist and now an embassy staff member, met with equally futile results. Otero, who lunched Wednesday with a State Department public affairs officer to whom he gave evidence in support of the President's charges was expected, according to Heitmann. But U.S. public affairs officers who know Otero failed to locate him in the crowd. GENERAL Washington Sergio Car- rasco, who commanded the military, district in which the Allende overthrow and death took place, spoke of the ousted government's time as one when the Communists tried to take over and were defeated. He also mopped his brow and talked about the weather. No one would admit even to having ever known a CIA agent except Egyp- tian Am bassador Ghorbal, the Chileans' next door neighbor. "Who knows? If we look under a rock in Cairo, we might find one," he said with a twinkle. Cornelis W. A. de Groot of the political section of the Netherlands embassy was mistakenly identified by a woman as. a member of the spook group. "They don't wear raincoats any more," observed de Groot, adding, "Except when it rains." Chief of Protocol Henry Catto threw up his hands in mock horror when asked about the investigation the Senate For- eign Relations Committee will conduct on CIA operations. "I don't read the papers," said Catto and headed for the door. Only Canadian Ambas- sador Marcel - Cadieux would talk forthrightly and very diplomatically.-."If I told you what I. know of such activities, I would be telling you things that are secret and then they would ' not be secret. Any business or political transaction be- tween countries affect the - countries' welfare. Are covert activities worse than open activities such as in Hungary? It takes- a big country to' finance these operations and from what I have read about , Chile, it was a $7 or $8 mil- lion operation, and that's not so big. As to the Presi- dent's statement, natural. ly, i have nothing -to: say about that." - - "It is." said Chilean Ambassador Heitmann, "just our National Day party. We- are getting pretty old and it is a nice party. don't you think?" s w * ? EVEN THE Capitol con- stabulary jaded from daily exposure to famous faces did double takes yesterday y emums . and afternoon as they escorted pumpkins. "I did not know, the guests of Mrs. Russell it was fall yet." comment_ Long and Mrs. Abraham. - ed Mrs. Robert McClory. Ribicoff to Room S.-207 '.'If Caroline- Long and and the reception in honor 'Casey" Ribicoff say it's of Mrs.- George Aiken,. fall, it's fall," .;finalized whose husband is retiria3 Mrs. Ernest F. Hollings- from the Senate at the end of this session. the rolr of the Senate from Abourezk through Beall. Bellmon, Sparkman to Williams and most would have answered "present." Among the guests -was the wife of former Vice President, Mrs. Spiro T. Agnew. Her husband was still -in Iran,' where one purpose of his trip. is to re- search the novel he is writ- ing, she said. . Wives of senators never make political noises at parties. In fact, Mrs. Adlai Stevenson III told about how she is taking Mrs. James L. Buckley to the mini-repair class at the Woman's National Demo- cratic Club. Mrs. Harrison A. Wil- liams Jr., the newest Sen- ate bride, told of how, during the wedding cere- mony at the home of Mrs. .Charles Engelhard, widow of the mineral zillionaire, President Ford called to congratulate the - new- lyweds. Mrs. Englehard refused to interrupt and it took Ford three calls to get through. On Tuesday night while the President gave a stag dinner for members of Congress, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Jones and the Robert Barries gave a din- ner for the Williamses at the George Town Club. One token Senator, Jen- nings Randolph of West Virginia, went to the White House. At yesterday's reception for Mrs. Aiken were Cabi- net wives, wives of Su-, preme Court Justices, wives of ambassadors and wives of members of the press. Among them were Mrs. Warren Burger, Mrs. William Saxbe, Mrs. Ar- thur Burns, Mrs. George Bush, Mrs. Roger Mudd, Mrs. Kenneth Rush, Mrs. Farideh . Ardalan, Mrs. Berndt. Von Staden and Mrs. Winston Lord. - . The guests gathered around the long table cen- tered by an Immense floral arrangement of bronze chr santh 00741 Approved For Release 2011/08/09: CIA-RDP09TOO207RO01000020072-4